Alhaji Abdul-Aziz Yari Abubakar, was born on January 28th, 1968.
He attended Township Primary School, Talata Mafara, then proceeded to Government Teacher’s College Bakura from 1979 to 1984. He had his tertiary education at Sokoto Polytechnic from 1991 to 1994 where he obtained a certificate in Secretarial Studies and a Diploma in the same discipline and institution in 2004. He also attended Kebbi Polytechnic for a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration in 2008.
Yari began his political career in 1999 when he served as the Secretary of the then All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) between 1999 and 2003. He was elected Chairman of ANPP Zamfara State in 2003 and later rose to the position of ANPP National Financial Secretary and served in this position till 2007 when he was elected as Member representing Anka/Talata Mafara Federal Constituency from 2007 to 2011.
On April 26, 2011, Abdul-aziz Yari Abubakar was elected Governor of Zamfara State on the platform of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP).
Again in the 2015 gubernatorial elections, he was re-elected as Governor under the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
On May 18, 2015, Hon. Yari’s colleagues in the Nigeria Governors’ Forum unanimously elected him as their Chairman, succeeding Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.